The Beta Project
The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is eager to cultivate student innovation. You bring the idea, and the motivation to see it through, and the College will provide the resources. Each term Maseeh College provides an opportunity for students to obtain funding and other resources to support their own project ideas.
An innovation review panel, appointed by Dean Su, will select a limited number of projects for an award up to $1,000 based upon innovation, opportunity for student learning, and potential impact. Successful projects may be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding. Students may request up to $1,000 in financial support for their projects. Please see examples of previous projects or the posters summarizing these projects in the corridor at the lower level between the Engineering Building (EB) and the Fourth Avenue Building (FAB).
The Beta Project will be accepting applications for funding in January 2016.
Examples of previously funded proposals:
Portland ACE: a Portable, Low-cost, and Networked Device for Assessing Cyclists’ Exposure
Few tools are available for bicyclists in urban areas to quantitatively assess the impact different travel options such as route, mode, or time-of-day choices have on their health. Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering who studies the exposure of urban bicyclists to traffic-generated air pollution, designed and built a first-generation prototype device that can collect travel, physiology, and environmental data for bicyclists, and connect wirelessly with a smartphone. Alex plans to continue development of the device with additional sensors, a smaller form factor, and additional features for the mobile application.
Robust Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Autonomous Navigation in GPS Denied Environments (aka Quadcopter)
Stewart Allison, Garrison Jensen, Tom Hathaway, Osten Palmrose, Erich Schafermeyer & Jamie Wong
The Quadcopter team consists of mechanical, computer science, physics, and computer engineering students. Working off original hardware components and code built by previous members who recently graduated, the team focused their effort on ways to was to improve stability and integrate a high performance laser range finder that enables detection and navigation indoors.
Adam Tischner, Stoney Rose, Kyle Bocian & Martin Beyl
Brewing a cup of loose leaf tea is a process often underestimated for its complexity. If the water is too hot you scorch delicate leaves. Steep too long and your tea grows bitter and tannic. With the TeaMeister the perfect cuppa is as simple as pressing a button. Scan a QR code pre-programmed with the precise water temperature and steeping time for a specific type of tea, and the Tea Meister will heat the water and steep your tea at the optimal temperature and timing.
Dog Car Seat Belt
Kristina Rodgers & Nick Spaulding
After the death of a friend’s dog, Kristina Rodgers and Nick Spaulding, Mechanical Engineering students, investigated dog car seat belts currently on the market. Their conclusion was not reassuring. Current seat belts are not designed with canine physiology in mind and often cause serious damage to a dog’s shoulder joint. They were awarded an Innovation Program grant to design a seat belt that would better distribute the force of impact.